Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) has recently completed upgrades to its water treatment system. The improved water treatment system now provides the community with clean and safe drinking water. This has eliminated all long-term drinking water advisories affecting the community.
Marc Miller, minister of indigenous services, congratulated Chief Rudy Turtle and the community on the elimination of the drinking water advisories.
“Congratulations to Chief Turtle and the residents of Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation),” said Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller. “Thanks to your hard work and determination, the long-term drinking water advisories have been resolved and all residents of your community can now have access to clean and safe drinking water.”
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provided over $5 million in funding through the First Nations Water and Wastewater Enhanced Program. The funding was provided for the construction of upgrades to the existing water treatment system, which resulted in the lifting of a long-term drinking water advisory that had been in effect since June 2014.
This project also replaced the Snake Point Well and the Mission Road Well with water distribution connections to the main water treatment system. Both long-term drinking water advisories affecting the wells since May 2013 were deactivated in December 2019.
In addition to providing funding for the upgrades, ISC has also invested $158,088 in a feasibility study that is near completion. The feasibility study examines all options to meet the long-term safe drinking water needs of the community for the next 20 years.
Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) is located approximately 40-kilometres northeast of Kenora and is accessible year round.